A forward-facing-only car seat is one in which the child sits facing the front of the car. The seat should be installed in the backseat of your vehicle. Most forward-facing seats are for children between 20 and 40 pounds.
A combination forward-facing booster seat may be used for children between 40 and 65 pounds, depending on the specific seat. You can remove the seat's safety straps (harness) and use the booster alone, so that the car's lap and seat belts correctly fit the child.
Remember, the best child safety seat is the one that fits your child properly, is easy to use and fits in your vehicle correctly. The best way to ensure a proper fit in your vehicle is to try installing the child seat before purchasing. Contact your local police or fire station for help installing your specific seat. Many stations have free programs to show you how to do this.
If you install your seat yourself, have it checked at a child safety seat inspection station or by a certified child passenger safety technician. To find one near you, visit nhtsa.dot.gov
(The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) or seatcheck.org
You can also call 1-888-DASH-2-DOT or 1-866-SEATCHECK.